Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Van Jones – Transforming the American Dream into the American Nightmare (Pt 5 of 5)

We don't have a deficit crisis, we have a surplus crisis - GIBSON UPDATE!
I think that'll become clear as we make our way through the last paragraph of the preamble to Van Jones 'Contract for the American Dream', because as I've made my way through this, looking at the shape of things to come which these words are forming, it is hard not to see it as a nightmare of fearsome proportions.

If you recognize that words have meaning, that they are used for something more than simply stirring up an emotional response, if you recognize that words serve to connect your thoughts to something real in the world, help you to better understand what actually is true, rather than to deny and evade what is true, for those of you who read to understand, this next paragraph has got to be equal parts comedy routine and horror show.

What desperately goes unsaid here with this 'Need jobs, not cuts' mantra, is that those responsible for increasing the size of government, responsible for digging deep into your wallet, and your children's wallet, to pay for its massive size, in doing that they restrict what you can and cannot say or do, what choices you can and cannot make, and they even dare to declare what choices you will make... these are the very people who are most responsible for driving jobs far away from America's shores."AMERICANS NEED JOBS, NOT CUTS
Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. Together, we must rebuild our country, reinvest in our people and jump-start the industries of the future. Millions of jobless Americans would love the opportunity to become working, tax-paying members of their communities again. We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis."

Less Than Words Can Say
The most amazing thing about the proregressive left, is that their real message is contained in the words which they do not say. If you've ever seen a spy thriller or mob movie, where a couple heavies, sure that they're being monitored, proceed to have a conversation which revolves, not around what they say, but what they both realize they are not saying.
"Such a nice business you've got here, it'd be a shame if sumthing should happen to it" (Translation: I'm going to destroy you if you don't play ball)
A similar mode of communication is what the proregressive left seems to be specializing in today, expressing deep concerns, while their actions shout their very opposite intents.

"AMERICANS NEED JOBS, NOT CUTS"
Is what they say, but is it really what they mean?

For instance.the man whom President Obama appointed as the chair of The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, Jeffrey Immelt, recently inked a deal for his corporation, G.E., to partner up with Communist Red China, in a deal which will require closing plants in America, and sending them, and their thousands of jobs, to China.

"The recent announcement that it will move the GE X-ray unit's headquarters from Waukesha, Wis., to Beijing should have surprised no one who has been following the company's expansion plans."
They say "Americans need jobs!", but what they do, directly, deliberately, is send thousands of jobs overseas. Coincidence? No, and it is hardly the only instance of 'looking out for American Jobs' that President Obama's Jobs and Competitiveness Czar has engaged in, no, no, he's also busy doing the same for the construction of jet avionics systems too,

"G.E.’s new joint venture in Shanghai will focus on avionics — the electronics for communications, navigation, cockpit displays and controls. G.E. will be contributing its leading-edge avionics technology — a high-performance core computer system that operates as the avionics brain of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner."
The man who is essentially our Jobs Czar, is personally responsible for sending thousands of jobs to China to build aircraft systems, and in competition with American companies, to boot! No do you see what I mean?

Allow me to translate that big bold first sentence into gangsterese:

""AMERICANS NEED JOBS, NOT CUTS" (Translation: I'm a gonna taka your jobsz, and the factories that provide dem, shut 'em down, and send d'em to your enemy overseas! How you like-a dem apples, eh?)
While proclaiming the need for jobs, not cuts, and for an energy plan, the Obama administration, tracking very closely with the advice and policies of its former Green Czar, Van Jones, has passed EPA Regulations that are forcing the closure of several power plants, costing us thousands of mega-watts of energy and and hundreds of jobs as well,

"Utility giant American Electric Power said Thursday that it will shut down five coal-fired power plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations."
That is their message, and if you're not receiving it loud and clear, I don't know what to tell you... except more of the same. And there are gobs more of the same stories. Going right along with this next sentence,
"Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. "
This one takes some gall to say. The United States Justice Department is attempting to shut down the world famous American Guitar company, Gibson, because... or at least on the pretext... that because wood for their guitar fret boards are purchased partially finished from Madagascar, and are finished and completed by American workers, hundreds of them, here in America, and for that 'crime', the government has raided their factory, twice, in swat gear, confiscating materials, without charges being filed, effectively closing down their factories and threatening hundreds of jobs.

In other words, as my younger son, Chad, 18, a musician, put it:
"During a time of high unemmployment rates, what's the smartest thing for our government to do? Raid a gibson guitar factory twice. I can see why though, they only employ Americans and their business has over 60% exports. Making Gibson guitar one of the top few quality American manufactured businesses."

But even that is not the worst of it - it turns out that our "American needs jobs!" oriented govt, has been using the justice dept to rough up Gibson Guitar, which is an active Republican donor... while C.F. Martin  Company, another well known guitar mfg, which uses the exact same methods, materials and processes, but is a large donor to the Democrat party, has - you guessed it - not so much as received a voice mail about their nefarious operations.

GIBSON UPDATE: Guess what the Dept. of Justice of our 'Jobs are Job#1!' President told the CEO of Gibson Guitar: Send your manufacturing jobs to Madagascar.

"It seems that the Department of Justice wasn’t satisfied with merely raiding the law abiding factories of Gibson Guitar with armed agents, shutting down their operation costing them millions, and leaving the American company in the dark as to how to proceed without going out of business.

Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.

CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?
HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a pleading.
CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me?
HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that it a pleading.
CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?
HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: Yes"

It's tough to follow while your ability to think is still operative, but turn it off with some multi-culti patois, and it's all crystal clear. Jobs are their #1 Priority... it's just that they are anti-American jobs.
Got a Les Paul? Hold on to it (and DON'T travel with it), it's gonna be worth it's weight in gold soon. Which is handy, since the dollar is unlikely to be worth any wait, anytime soon.

Please, don't fool yourself, this isn't an eggregious exception and a rogue abuse of power - this is how power works, this is how power operates, this is the ONLY way in which the powerful exert their power, unless the are clearly required to operate in only specific areas and in specific manners, as prescribed by law. That is the system we had for our first century. This is the system we have had for the last century.

And Van Jones 'Contract for America' is entirely about increasing that power of govt to do as it pleases, it is entirely about evading or doing away with the restraints of principled law, because they would make its goals impossible to even attempt.

This 'Contract' is not one which respects your rights, or one that is conducive to creating an atmosphere in which jobs are likely to be created, rather than shipped over seas, it will accelerate the decline and despotism we are only getting an inkling of today.

If that's not clear enough for you, let me again translate it into gangsterese, where expressed concern actually is meant as a vicious threat:

"Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. " - (You like your factory? You like your jobs? You like the Republican party? Then you can kiss them all goodbye, you pay us, or you pay nobody! You got that bub?!)
You think that's too harsh? Really? Well you just hold on there, because there's more! On top of that, we've also got the American aircraft company Boeing, being attacked by the Obama administration, via NLRB, which has shut down production - and thousands of jobs - at its South Carolina plant, because it dared to build its new state of the art manufacturing plant in a non-union state - because it didn't feel it could build and operate it in its home state of Washington, because of regulations and union interference.

Yeah. Americans need jobs alright - why doesn't the proregressive left cut us some slack and let us build them? Here?!

Still not enough? Try this one on for size, The U.S. General Accounting Office is not estimating that our govt has identified waste and duplication to the tune of "... at least $100 billion in savings has been identified"
"Despite U.S. EPA and six other federal agencies spending more than $1.4 billion to provide clean drinking water in the U.S.-Mexico border region, the effort remains ineffective."
While that is happening, and while those who are pressing to give govt more power over your life KNOW that that is happening, simpering demogogic fools like Van Jones have the nerve to peddle this tripe:

"Millions of jobless Americans would love the opportunity to become working, tax-paying members of their communities again. We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis."

The Unthinking Thoughts
This is the most horrifying, and depressing part of all:
"To produce this Contract for the American Dream, 131,203 Americans came together online and in their communities. We wrote and rated 25,904 ideas. Together, we identified the 10 most critical steps to get our economy back on track and restore the American Dream:"

This is all being done in the supposed pursuit of making your life easier, more prosperous, safer and in the name of progress. And perhaps that is the intent, at least of most people who hear the words and nod in support of them, and for those people, like my relatives, I don't doubt that that is their intent. I've little doubt that they have good intentions for those rights of yours which they are relieving you of - but that and $5 will buy you a bag of ice in hell... which won't last long enough to improve your situation their either.

The fact is that there is no thinking behind these thoughts, at least not in the way most people would assume that the purpose of thinking would be put towards. The thinking that went into this 'contract' went no further than thinking about what would catch interest, what would stir up emotions, what would attract the casually generous concerns of people too involved with other pursuits to consider them any further.

The problem is that people like Van Jones know that the casually well intentioned are easy prey for their support, that they will rarely if ever give their propagandistic appeals a second thought, and they know that if they can only stir up their support, they'll be able to get their ideas implemented before anyone becomes the wiser - before it's too late.

These well intentioned anti-private property, pro-expert empowered big govt fools, have been robbing you of the treasures of western civilization with their good intentions, and the high crime, unemployment and dysfunctional society which comes along with it all... is entirely the product of this proregressive leftist thinking - and whether it is being promoted by democrats or rino's, the result is always the same.

Worse, under the cover of your good intentions, these people such as 'legislators' like Maxine Waters, are on TV daily telling us in the Tea Party to go to hell  for disagreeing with them (see local St. Louis congressional candidate, Martin Baker calling her, and the Congressional Black Caucus out on their lunacy), while people like Fareed Zakaria tell us that our constituiton is old hat, silly outdated, a parliamentary system would be so much better, animal rights activists like Wayne Pacella, eagerly telling us that direct democracy and animal rights are the way to future progress... and I can only find myself repeating what President Calvin Coolidge said,

"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."
What we find ourselves faced with today when we question the positions of the proregressive left, are pure thoughtlessness, nothing but assertions, demands and threats, and I, and others of like mind with me, are told that we must yield to the demands of the left because the might of their numbers makes them right... and in that siren song all I can hear is a swift regression to ancient barbarity.

Can you honestly say that you hear someting different than that? Please, tell me, assuming that you are thinking it through and two or more steps further, what possible freedom and liberty can you find in these groundless and contradictory claims and demands?

How are statements such as Van Jones 'Contract of America' not considered, at the very least, politicaly insane? What's that popular definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? The French Revolution? Marx-Lenin-Stalin? Mao? Pol Pot? Hitler? Mussolini? Kenya? Zimbabwa?

What in God's name are you expecting to occur differently?! For what reason? It is insane.
Van Jones and his ilk wish to tell us that,
"We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis."
No, they are wrong, we don't have a jobs crisis, we don't even have a deficit crisis, what we have is a massive surplus of government, meddling in areas it has no right whatsoever attempting to govern, and only crisis can result from it - as it has.

And yet, here we are. Are you going to allow it to continue without even giving it a thought?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Van Jones – Transforming the American Dream into the American Nightmare (Pt 4 of 5)

Do you want liberty in order to own your own life, or do you want liberty so as to enable you to loot the lives of others? Do you suppose that there is a difference in the meaning of liberty being used there? Ya think? It isn't enough to simply nod your head whenever you see and hear a word like 'liberty' sprinkled about; it is important to look at how it is being used, in order to understand what it is that those using it, really mean by it.

And make no mistake, your liberty depends upon it.

The essence of the American Dream is to have the liberty to live your own life, but the aim of Van Jones’ ‘Contract for the American Dream’ is quite different; his dream is to realize the collective American Nightmare of using the power of the state to take over the lives of others, to loot what one people spend their lives in producing, in order to ease the lives of another more numerous group... 'spreading their wealth around' because they have the power to do it.

This is the very stuff that nightmares are made of.

Thieves to the left of us...

Over the last few posts we've worked our way through the first three paragraphs of the preamble to Jones' contract, and in the fourth paragraph, we find the exact viewpoint of thieves, being voiced as serious policy. Look at his words, think what they must mean in practice, and face up to what that meaning says about those who actually meant it.
We believe:

AMERICA IS NOT BROKE

America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever. But too many at the top are grabbing the gains. No person or corporation should be allowed to take from America while giving little or nothing back. The super-rich who got tax breaks and bailouts should now pay full taxes – and help create jobs here, not overseas. Those who do well in America should do well by America.”
Every thief knows in his gut, that he lives as a parasite on those who produce what they steal. Two things allow them to live this way, the first is that they don't care; they want to get away with it, and since their primary philosophical assumption (dim as it may be, they do have them) is that what they want to be, must be and should be, they figure they ought to be able to get away with it. The second, following logically from the first, is that they assume that those they are stealing from, will always have something left for them to steal, and that there will always be someone left standing to steal it from.

The proregressive left lives in denial of Margaret Thatcher's observation,

"They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them"
, they simply will not entertain the idea that the parasite can ever harm the host, let alone kill it - and they cannot - if they ever acknowledged the possibility of that, they would quickly find themselves having to disavow everything they ever wanted to believe - and that ain't gonna happen.

Take a careful look at this paragraph, particularly this line:
"We believe: AMERICA IS NOT BROKE America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever"
, it isn't simply a statement about the financial health of America, it is a claim that there is more money still to be found, it is a claim that it isn't all gone yet. It is difficult to translate that statement in any other way than as an exchange between Mugger #1 and Mugger #2:

"I'll bet they didn't put all their cash in their wallet, quick! check their socks! Let's turn them over and shake them down!"
Beyond the crude criminality of that mindset, the confession of economic ignorance is stunning; if they weren't so despicable, I'd feel embarrassed for them. And then there is the next line

"But too many at the top are grabbing the gains."
Really? 'grabbing the gains'? This is pure undistilled Marxism, pure and simple, the belief that brute physical labor is the source of all wealth, and that those who have more money than you, or those in management, or finance, are parasites upon the physical efforts of the 'working man'.

It's a shame that they ignore Thatcher's dictum, because the rest of it would be a useful lesson to them as well, and an excellent caution for us too,
"They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they're now trying to control everything by other means. They're progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people."

They do not have a clue where wealth comes from, and so the attempts they make to produce some to spread around, destroys it instead.

Eating the Golden Goose
If you want to see where wealth actually comes from, try looking at a nation that has little more technology than brute physical labor, look at Haiti, Somalia, or most of Africa, THAT is all the wealth which can be generated in a society that can produce nothing more than what can be produced through brute physical labor. If you want iPods, SUV's and Plasma TV's, you're going to need something more than muscle, and a whole lot more of those who understand how to employ your muscles in order to generate the real wealth which mere muscle can never achieve, and prior to the rise of the free market and individual rights protected by the rule of law, wealth as we know it today, never was achieved, and never could be.

Real wealth, the wealth we know of today where even the poor have roofs over their heads and cellphones in their pockets, such wealth is generated through the mind only. And the minds capable of generating such wealth can and will only do so in a society where they can be secure in what they create.

But even then, if you look at the BETA MAX, or the rise and fall of G.M., or of Detroit itself for that matter, you'll see that simple smarts isn't enough; you also need an understanding of the market, understanding of the best, most economically efficient methods of production, and the character and prudence to understand that quality must be held higher than simple efficiency - Detroit of the 1970's is an example of what happens when efficiency is allowed to reign over quality.

You won't find iPods, SUV's or Plasma TV's being either produced, or as common products in Haiti, Somalia, or most of Africa, etc, because you won't find that knowledge and understanding in brute physical force alone, and those societies allow for nothing else than brute physical power. And even more important than know-how and good sense, in order to produce any and all of the products and benefits of modern society, more important that intelligence, planning and free market economics, you need a people who can be trusted to respect the property of their fellows, and to respect the rule of law.

Without that... look to Haiti, Somalia, Africa, or tragically, mother England herself these days.

Unless a nation be one with a deep respect for each person's right to their own property, none of modernity is possible. Unless a nation has a deep respect for each persons right to their own property, no person can feel secure in either their property, or their life, or their liberty or in any chance at pursuing happiness at all. If you cannot have the confidence that what you earn, what you create, what you plan and strive for over the course of years, decades, even an entire life, if you can't be secure in the knowledge that all you struggled to acquire will remain yours and that what is yours will be defended as yours by your fellows - then there is no point in striving for it at all.

Look at Haiti, Somalia, Africa... Detroit, East L.A., the rioter in England... it isn't a lack of wealth that is their problem, it is a lack of trust that wealth can be safe and secure in those areas, and without that, it will not accumulate and prosper.

There is no point in utilizing your intelligence, your self restraint, your planning and effort, if at any moment thieves or rioters, or even worse, some demagogue might be able to stir up the mob of your fellow men and say
"... too many at the top are grabbing the gains. No person or corporation should be allowed to take from America while giving little or nothing back."
Those of you foolish enough to think that this demagogue Van Jones, is offering to bring generosity to your neighborhoods, offering to spread the wealth around, the fact is, what he is offering is a return to not only the limitations of what can be produced by brute physical labor, worse than that, he is bringing back the necessity to employing brute physical force to keep ahold of any and everything you have - or lose it all.
And all of you should know better.

Robbing Peter to Con Paul
For those of you staring at our multiple trillion $ deficits and thinking that that there even could be enough wealth in this nation, held in the clutches of the evil rich no doubt, just waiting to be taxed away to pay for your way, for those of you sullenly soothing your greedy desires with thoughts of,
"We believe: AMERICA IS NOT BROKE America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever"
I've got bad news for you. If somehow you had managed to seize it all, all of the wealth of all the rich, of all the corporations, of all the industries, sports, entertainment, etc, even if you shut down our three wars, and even foreign aid to boot... if you managed to seize all of that, it would only spread enough wealth around - to our creditors, not you - to last us for right about a year. Problem then, of course, like the greedy farmer who cut open the goose to get at the golden eggs - you'll have killed what it is that produces all the wealth you dream of seizing.

Then what are you going to do? What do you expect to do then? What would you expect your smartie pants leaders to tell you then? As Mr. Goldfinger replied when 007 James Bond asked him 'Do you expect me to talk?'

"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!"

And that is exactly what will happen if these assaults upon the roots of liberty are allowed to be carried out. You, and those of us forced along for the ride with you, those of us who have come to depend upon our iPods, SUV's and Plasma TV's, those of us who have no understanding of how to get the food we need to eat beyond that of driving around the corner to the all night super market, we'd have little option left, but to die.

Message in a bottle...
Do you, those of you who figure themselves, like my relatives, to be the smart set, do you really think... (sigh)... what is the message you think is transmitted throughout society and the markets by statements such as this,
"The super-rich who got tax breaks and bailouts should now pay full taxes ...”"
What message is received by equating 'tax breaks' and 'bailouts'? Tying together the bureaucratic 'favor' of letting people keep somewhat more of their money, with the proregressive prescription of looting the public coffers to bail out their favored institutions while blaming it on others... placing the blame on those they are robbing... what is the message you think is being sent there? Would that encourage you to invest more wealth where it can more easily have govt hands hands put upon it? Really?

And perhaps the award for the most brass of all should go to this one,
"...– and help create jobs here, not overseas. Those who do well in America should do well by America."
To help create jobs here, by telling those who have money, that by investing it they invite the attentions of those who would loot it from them? That is going to help create jobs instead of sending them overseas?

But of course the real message they're trying to send here, is that it is greed that is sending jobs overseas. Rubbish. Do you have any idea what expenses are involved, what logistical nightmares, what graft is often required, when shipping a factory overseas to those areas which are in dire enough straits as to make it financially attractive to do so? Have you ever stopped to think what would make that a profitable decision? Do you really think that even the difference between union wages and third world wages, are enough to make that worthwhile?

Take a closer look instead at the literally thousands of regulations which are avoided by going overseas; look at the codes of regulations that must be followed (as best as possible) from the EEOC, FTC, OSHA, FDA, SEC, EPA, IRS... Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes–Oxley... and those aren't a tenth of them all, and there are also the reams and reams more of local, county and state regulations, often duplicating or at odds with the federal regulations. These are measures which require thousands and thousands of hours from people who are in many cases making more, even far more, than minimum wage or union wage workers.

And on top of that they are not only financial hardships, they often restrict or prevent businessmen from taking those actions which they believe would be the best for their business to take, but are unable to, because of one regulation or another - they have lost their liberty to make their own choices - they have lost the American Dream to the American Govt... why stay, for the bureaucrats?!. Add to all of that, the unions which most states force them to engage with and abide by... and you dare to blame businessmen's greed for sending jobs overseas?

You greedy hypocrites, look in the mirror - you are the ones displaying the most base form of greed, not to acquire wealth, but to see that others lose theirs, not a greed for knowledge and position, but the far worse avarice of moral preening purchased at the profligate expense of intellectual wealth - that which is lost with the refusal to acknowledge history, facts and truth, erroding the roots of our society which can only exist through the rule of law and property rights.

Do you really think that such a squandering of true wealth can go on and on without end?

What are you smoking? Besides our future, that is.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Van Jones – Transforming the American Dream into the American Nightmare (Pt 3 of 5)

Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness... or ease, comfort and the consumption of entitlements fed to you by a 'kind' master. What I've been trying to show you over the last couple posts, is that that is the simple choice which is being offered to us today; those are the options which are clearly being pawned off in Van Jones 'Contract for the American Dream' - if you look beyond what it says to what it means - and it is for us to choose between them; it is for us to choose which one we truly want for ourselves and for our children.

To own your own life, or to live a life approved for you by various experts in govt and quasi-govt organizations, such as Jones' group. That is the nature of the contract he is 'offering' up for all of us to sign, and once signed onto... can you imagine trying to cancel it? Look at the difficulties we're experiencing from Medicare and Social Security alone. Don't delude yourself, this is a permanent agreement.

Look at all of the foundations and organizations who've attached their bright and shiny logos as seals of approval at the bottom of the contract. Don't they seem to be proudly endorsing this? Why then is it that the actual message they are peddling, is so carefully left unsaid? Why doesn't the contract simply come out and say,

"We, the undersigned, do not feel that people such as yourselves can be trusted with making the everyday decisions that have to be made in daily life. We, the undersigned, believe that experts from all walks of lie, should be put in ultimate control of all walks of your lives. We, the undersigned, hereby agree that experts should be trusted to select the experts who will make these decisions for you, and of course they must have unfettered access to any wealth which you might create - which after all can only be made as a result of their decisions - from here on out."
But they don't say that, do they? What Van Jones, George Soros, the Tides Foundation and all the others obviously do not want, is for anyone to actually give consideration to their proposals and understand just what it is they are agitating for. They never come out into the open and state that they are for the government taking control of our lives, for government taking control over what we have left to 'choose' from, to read, to listen to, to watch, to receive medical attention for, to learn, to eat, to drink, to amuse ourselves with, and on and on and on.

They will not come out and say what they mean.

Rather than doing so, they prefer to slick their positions by We The People in seemingly liberty loving phrases arranged about the surface of their message, while leaving that darker and central requirement for taking and maintaining control over us, unsaid in the implications of a few select words, wrapped snugly in the emotional appeals of each paragraph. It is done clumsily enough, but it is what they have done.

What becomes quickly apparent in reading this contract, is that that main tactic, that of wrapping their actual message deep within a roll of a more appetizing and identifiably American one, like a bitter pill wrapped in bacon for a dog to swallow, is as close as they will willingly risk saying what they actually mean.

In this next paragraph, I think we're on the third one now, we find the same 'rhetorical bacon around the poison pill' plan, of saying what any sensible person would find themselves nodding along with, while wrapping it around an implication that is nearly hidden from sight. The sizzling portion of the bacon wrapping, is what this paragraph begins with, a statement which I can wholeheartedly agree with,

"Today, the American Dream is under threat."
But what that American dream in fact is, is of critical importance to understanding what is threatening it and where the threat is coming from.
“Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops, and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out onto the street. "

If the 'American dream' is put forward as being 'getting a decent job', that presumes facing a different set of threats than what might be faced if the 'American Dream' is recognized as being 'To live your own life.' If getting a decent job for those who play by the rules, is the dream you are promised, then it's a simple thing to do to say that everyone who plays by 'the rules' should be given a 'decent job' - what those rules are and what the job would be, and more importantly who will give it to you, are open issues - which they'll be happy to provide answers for, later, once there is no other option left.

On the other hand, if the 'American Dream' is thought to be 'To live your own life, then having someone appointed with the power to determine what 'the rules' will be, what a 'decent job' is, and whether or not your own dream is to get one - or not - will itself be seen as a threat to you and to all of your dreams. The dream to 'To live your own life' is in mortal peril from the dream of experts and do-gooders with the power of the government and the force of law behind them, will leave you no option but of ''being told by the state how to live your own life. These are not reconcilable differences.

Even setting aside differences over simple policy approaches, such as the, role and blame, of the federal government in the issues surrounding education and the debt, the fact is that it has been the driving goal of the left to expand the size and scope of government - defining how much you can earn, what you should be allowed to keep as your own, where you can live, what you must be taught in school - which can't help but impose their ideal of govt upon each persons desire to live their own life.

By the very nature of the left, they are advancing a cause which the original American dream explicitly sought to escape… this raises some questions, doesn't it? If you do recognize that contradictions indicate, at the very least, that there is a problem in this thinking (and what is it that passes for thinking which doesn't recognize that? Hmmm?), how can you possibly reconcile the idea of Liberty, with the leftist propensity for telling people what, when and how to act and live their own lives?!

And then we get to this, the poison hidden within the pill,

“The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break."
, and it's a danger to overlook this as simply a pandering play for populist angst… the real issue here is what is packaged together, and what is ignored, within that. The simple packaging is that the big banks were bailed out by the taxpayers. For some of the big banks, that is indeed true, but one thing left unsaid here, is that that was the very prescription of the Keynesian system of economics - bailing out banks, large corporations, and other large institutions, while 'injecting' (ever more worthless) cash into the 'system' - which the left (and not a few of the rino right) have been trying to replace conservative free market economics with, for a century now. This is explicitly the economic policy of the left, but they are here trying to sweep that under the rug, while brazenly trying to empathize with and glom onto the very anger of the American taxpayers, which was largely brought about by the very policies they so strenuously agitated for!
But wait! There's more! This portion of that sentence,

"...won’t cut homeowners a break."
, really takes the cake. What it hopes to divert the attention of the American Taxpayer away from, not just themselves (and they, We The People, do bear a sizable portion of guilt), but the fact, the blatant fact, that politicians in general, and leftists in particular, from Barney Frank to Bill Clinton (and a young community organizer named Barack Obama), did not just encourage, but MANDATED that those banks make those home risky loans which they knew darn well, weren’t good loans to make. as the New York Times, circa 1999 stated,

"Demographic information on these borrowers is sketchy. But at least one study indicates that 18 percent of the loans in the subprime market went to black borrowers, compared to 5 per cent of loans in the conventional loan market.
In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980's."
What do you suppose it is that they must have thought ‘bad loan’ meant to bankers?

Probably what thought they gave to it was shuffled aside with a sneer of ‘not enough profit’, but what that may be somewhat true, is merely an effect; the cause is that making loans which don’t show reliable financial traits, enough income to debt ratio, etc, are ‘bad loans’, credit risks, because making too many of those loans not only hurts the market, but it can put you out of business.

It also shows an absolute willful ignorance to consider what an Economy actually is! An Economy is not just a collection of financial statistics, it is the result of information, the reasoned actions taken by tens, hundreds, thousands and millions of people based upon that information, and how that information is transmitted to others, in order to make financial and productive judgments.

When you introduce poor, bad, corrupt, data into an Economy, in the costume of Good information, that information is acted upon… endless numbers of decisions are made based upon the assumed merit of that data. Any data that turns out not to have been true, has introduced unknowingly poor information into the system - there is always a certain amount of error in a market, and the better informed the people of that market are, the more smoothly the market operates; the less or more poorly informed the people are, the less efficient and prosperous the market is. That is why information, and the ability for each person closest to the matter, be able to consider and make the best decision they possibly can.

But when false, misleading and corrupted information is introduced to an economy, and not just on the scale of a local mob hood, but across an entire nation of hundreds of millions of people, and all the millions and billions of decisions that are made based upon the assumption that that information is true, are rendered, as our economy found out with the junk mortgages – a substanceless house of cards. The first breeze which comes along to expose the falsehoods at the center of so many innumerable assumptions, it will, and must, expose that skeletal fragility, and the entire structure comes crashing down around your ears.

Welcome to our economy.

To say that bankers “Won’t cut homeowners a break” is not only crude political pandering, it is a strident confession of not only utter ignorance of economics (meaning of course, valid, cause and effect based economics, which excludes Marxist of Keynesian economics), but a truly idiotic inability and probably a deliberate refusal to learn from their mistakes – and more likely than not, a refusal to admit to having made any mistakes at all. Hence their placing the blame upon the evil bankers.

Just take a moment and imagine the most obvious of implications brought about by a 10%, 15%, 18% increase in families being sold homes they were unlikely to be able to afford over the long run. Simply purchasing a single home can kick an incalculable number of other decisions into action, often by people so far removed that the connection is never, and can never, be made, but when you talking about in increase in the percentages of all homes sold, here are just a few of the local decisions that will be made based upon them:

  • local landscaper might hire on another hand and purchase another mower,
  • schools will need to up their materials and staff for teaching their children,
  • similar considerations have their affects on local grocery stores,
  • eateries,
  • hardware & video stores, and so on.
These decisions are made on the basis of the assumption that hiring on these people and placing increased orders for goods, expanding their businesses, are in fact wise decisions to make because of the anticipated needs and demands of new residents, and not a few of these decisions will themselves require taking on new loans, which will be made based upon the assumption that the first bank which made its loan to the new homeowner, was a loan that was a good one to make, and that the person getting the loan, will be bringing income into the area - the local economy - to make their decisions profitable ones.

When information turns out to be faulty - or flat out dishonest and far short of reality, all of those people; gardeners, carpenters homeowners who took what they thought to be reasonable risks, discover from out of the blue that the expected new income into their neighborhoods, will not come, will not happen. Think of all the hardship which even one deliberately ignorant home loans initiates... then multiply that by millions.

Because when these myriad decisions are made by you and me because of what we think our income prospects are, when all of our decisions - yours and mine - turn out to be made based upon other loans which most people thought were good loans to make, but in fact were foolish loans doomed to default, and all our decisions and those of the community at large which were affected by them, affected by their bad information, and so with all of those purchases initiated by that first fraudulent decision, are themselves transformed into becoming faulty loans, returns, cancellations, etc. From those few homes purchased in individual neighborhoods... imagine the results of that happening to millions of homes... or better yet, turn on the evening news.

A free market not only thrives upon, but requires, truthful information and sound judgment. Deliberately polluting that market of information, is poisoning the entire society which depends upon it. Gov. Rick Perry recently called the Fed's actions potentially treasonous? Yeah. Ya think?

The 'thinking' behind Van Jones, and Fanni Mae, and Barney Frank and Hank Paulson and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and all the rest is beyond irresponsible, it is pure immature childishness – it is the magical thinking that effects can actually precede their causes, and that otherwise grown adults are not only paying attention to it, but supporting and promoting it, are actually given MBA's or are elected to public office for believing it enough... it moves beyond faerie tales and into the realm of horror stories really damn fast.

And then you come to this bit trying to pull the heartstrings of one and all:
"Our firefighters, nurses, cops, and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out onto the street. "
To use our firefighters, nurses, cops and teachers as a rhetorical ploy for increasing the size and scope of government even further, in order to sprinkle still more of this leftist faerie dust upon our economy, which is itself chiefly responsible for the economic situation these everyday heroes are presently suffering from... using these everyday heroes for purposes of everyday hucksterism... is despicable.

But it is nothing compared to brazen buffoonery on display in the next paragraph, which we'll venture into tomorrow.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Van Jones – Transforming the American Dream into the American Nightmare (Pt 2 of 5)

Yesterday I started walking through Van Jones’ ‘Contract for the American Dream’, and pointed out that, IMHO, if having the liberty to live your own life is the essence of the American Dream, then being told by the state how to live your own life is the collective American Nightmare, and this 'contract' is the very stuff that those nightmares are made of.

And as with nightmares, this document is deeply unreasonable, full of contradictions, and ominously seeks to sway people down the path of good intentions towards a certain hell on earth. The most disturbing thing about this is that it isn't accomplished through skillful reasoning and subtle rhetoric, but via a clumsy set of claims and appeals which amount to sheer idiocy. Stay with me on this, the stuff gets deeper and deeper with each paragraph you step into it.

Idiocracy


  • Idiot: an utterly foolish or senseless person.
  • idiotic:senselessly foolish or stupid: an idiotic remark.
When I say this document is idiotic, I use that word advisably, I don’t mean the idiocy of the mentally deficient – we should be so lucky – but the far more dangerous output of the intelligently idiotic, those who are thoroughly foolish or senseless to the meaning and implications of what they do, and this sort of behavior is on display in the blatant contradictions in terms which this document peddles as proposals. Aristotle identified and sparked the intellectual heart of western civilization, when he identified the fundamental law of logic, as,
“that the same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject and in the same respect”
, and when you state contradictory beliefs, you quite literally say nothing at all, or even worse, less than nothing (accomplished by dis-integrating existing knowledge), and to behave as if nothing is something, is indeed, idiotic - 'senselessly foolish or stupid'.

Let’s see what I mean here, you can follow along with the Preamble in the insets to the right.

There's a lot of traditional American ideals in that preamble, good stuff, true, but did you notice what it was all wrapped around? All that Americana is wrapped around this line, like bacon around a poison pill,

"should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life"

, and it is loaded with trouble, in at least two forms. First, how do you suppose they mean that 'should', do you think they mean that in a speculative way? A "Well, if you do all the right things, the odds are that it'll work out for you."?
“We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice. . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together.”

Or do you think they mean it in more of an expectant fashion, something more like, 'if you pay for a product, you should receive it', or as those with the force of law behind them might put it, 'if you break the law, you should be put in jail'?

If you are uninformed enough about how the left likes to implement its policies to imagine that they meant that in the speculative form rather than the forceful sort... hold that thought, we'll come back to it.

The second part of the problem, is what it tries to present as the 'American Dream', which they presume here to be that Americans should aspire ‘to find a decent job’, which singled out as it is, assumes (hopes or expects) that they have no other aspiration but to ‘get a decent job’ working for someone else. There is nothing wrong with doing that of course, except that it implicitly excludes from its narrow dream of America, those who might want something else, such as those who want to start their own business.

That is not a small thing or a small exclusion, it is a central possibility to what the American Dream originally was – seeking the liberty to live your own life. When the American dream was first being dreamed up, some came here seeking a plot of land they could call their own, some a farm, some to create a business, some to get a decent job so as to be able to live the life they wanted – and no one should rate any one of those dreams as being better or higher than the others – they are all possibilities inherent in what is the real American Dream – to live your own life.

But seriously, think about this, as someone asked the other day, when did 'getting a decent job' become the American Dream?! If that is The American Dream... just imagine what no longer is.
What this preamble sets up as a hint of what’s to come, if people like Jones get their way, and if people who should know better, let them, is not the broad American Dream of liberty and justice for all, but a narrowing of that dream to one predefined slice of it, cut out by those who feel themselves expert enough to 'know what's best for them' and served up for all Americans to have to swallow - along, no doubt, with their peas.

The last sentence,
“That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together.”
, is true enough, but only, only, if the words it refers to, 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' and 'liberty and justice. . . for all' are words which mean something… and when you read those soaring words along with this document, you quickly find that within the context of this 'contract', they cannot possibly continue to mean what they have always meant to Americans and to the American dream. The American Dream of living your own life, would be thoroughly replaced and bound down, if this ever came to fruition, by governmental experts telling you how to live your life - and like it.

And to eat your peas. No joke.

Another thrilling paragraph or two to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Van Jones – Transforming the American Dream into the American Nightmare (Pt 1 of 5)

If having the liberty to live your own life is the essence of the American Dream, then being told by the state how to live your own life is the collective American Nightmare, and Van Jones’ ‘Contract for the American Dream’ is the very stuff that those nightmares are made of.

I’d heard about this thing, saw the disturbing videos of young children offering 'tips' on political philosophy, but I hadn’t bothered to look at the 'contract' myself, I mean, really, what with Jones being a 'former' communist, a current radical progressive leftist and a major greeniac - I had a fair guess as to what it would entail. But when a relative posted a favorable share link to the “Contract for the American Dream” recently, I had to have a look, My first reaction was to ask them 'Have you actually read this?', but I've yet to receive a reply on that.

In the meantime, I've read and re-read this thing, and it is appalling in its shallow, crude, even childish aspirations… do you remember when we once had beauty queens mouthing things like “I hope to use my title to help bring about world peace”? This contract makes that sound like a political science term paper.
It is idiotic. But it's the evil that lurks behind the triteness that concerns me most.

My relatives are not incurious people, they are highly educated, professional people, left leaning (nearly toppling perhaps), to be sure, but not... surely there are limits. Aren't there? In reading this... 'contract'... the question that swamps your mind is when did it become possible for otherwise mature men and women, to think through this sort of drivel, and not feel ashamed about being associated with it? The answer, of course, is that thoughtful consideration has not been given to this document, what happens instead, is that when politically correct sentiments which are deemed socially ‘acceptable, are presented, they are toasted and promoted without its supporters feeling the need for given them any sort of thoughtful consideration.

Which is considered to be 'only reasonable' - and gainsaying them is declared to be unreasonable. Crazy even.

This is possible because, as the New York Times admiringly said, reason is not seen as a tool for truth by the majority of those with a post modern college education, but as a tool, a 'weapon' was the term the Times used in its article "Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth", for winning arguments and in this sense fallacies are not taken as being a sign of faulty reasoning and errors, but as effective tools and tactics,
"According to this view, bias, lack of logic and other supposed flaws that pollute the stream of reason are instead social adaptations that enable one group to persuade (and defeat) another. "
With that being the case, they take and declare their positions, and even defend them, not because they are sensible, reasonable, but because they are easily laudable and help to achieve their socially acceptable and agreed upon objectives.

I'd much rather not think this of so many of my fellow human beings... but the options and possibilities for thinking it otherwise, are nearly nil.

What this practice is leading us towards, is... well, dangerous doesn’t even begin to describe the situation we are barreling towards. We are coming to a point where two fundamentally opposed, contradictory worldviews and their principles (or what passes for them) will have no more opportunity to sidestep each other, and if and when that point is reached, there will be no alternative available but for them to have to collide.

This is simply Philosophical Physics (aka: History).

And when that point comes, the collision will be unable to be handled reasonably, because Reason, as a tool for discovering what is true and best, will have been excluded from the contest – and that will leave no other option open but that of force, for resolving the conflict.

Please consult history for examples of how well that has worked out in the past. Please. I ask, only because, well... you know what those who don't learn from the past are condemned to do (and which the rest of us are stuck tagging along for). Pretty please?

I'll give you a couple more chances over the next few days to reconsider, as we go paragraph by paragraph through the 'contract'... I hope you're decide to look into, and speak out about this idiocy. I really do.

Presidente Hugo Chavez calls Fed Chair Ben Bernanke a Dumb Ass. How will Gov. Perry keep up?

The other day Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered a couple choice words regarding the Chairmen of the Federal Reserve (read the proregressives comments, a true delight),

"Perry said, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.” Treason is a capital offense."
Well, if you think that's bad, how do you rate the comments of a Governor of a State, in comparison to those of a head of state calling the unfortunate Chairmen, in so many 'words', a dumb ass?

Seriously.

Keeping in mind the truism that actions speak louder than words, consider the words of our esteemed Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, who offered these words of wisdom upon the nature and status of Gold, when speaking before a House Committee chaired by Congressmen Ron Paul,

"Paul: "Why do central banks hold it?"
Bernanke: "Well, it's a form of reserve."
Paul: "Why don't they hold diamonds?"
ernanke: "Well, it's tradition, long-term tradition."
sperated with the kookie Chairmen, Paul pressed him,

“Is gold money?” he asked.
Clearly bothered, Bernanke told the representative, “No. It’s a precious metal.”

Well, if you're tempted to give up some sympathy for the banker who doesn't understand the value and purpose of gold, save it up for what the Presidente of Venezuela had to say... and not with anything as cheap and worthless as a politicians or bureaucrats words, but in the actions of a head of state. Presidente Hugo Chavez, disregarding the wisdom of the scholar of the Great Depression, Mr. Ben Bernanke, is letting his actions speak far louder than everyone else's words,

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered his government to repatriate $11 billion in gold held in banks abroad to safeguard the country from the economic crisis and said he’ll nationalize the local gold industry.
Venezuela has about 211 tons of its 365 tons of gold reserves held abroad at institutions including the Bank of England, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Barclays Plc (BARC), Standard Chartered Plc (STAN) and the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), according to a government document.
“We’ve held 99 tons of gold at the Bank of England since 1980. I agree with bringing that home,” Chavez said today on state television. “It’s a healthy decision.”
, and in the process Mr. Pineapple head (or was that Noriega?) goes Gov. Rick Perry one better, using his actions to speak far louder than everyone else's words, and loudly calling out Fed Chairmen Bernanke: a flat out dumb ass.

And here I thought 'ugo Chavez was too dumb for words.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Too Big To Fail. Uh-huh.

My only surprise, is why this news is news:
"Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's downgrades mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, farm lenders and 32 banks and credit unions following downgrade of U.S. debt."
Am I too big to tell you I told you so?

What are you, a friggin' idiot? Of course not - I told you so, and worse, if you bothered thinking and connecting the dots, I told you so over, and over, and over,
... and over,
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Politics of Seeming

To my 'Practical' friends - you failed. Now can we move on to something that works? We've tried playing to public opinion, striking appealing bargains, etc. The 'Debt Deal' is what that strategy has produced. It doesn't work. Know why? The people who'd be worth winning over, don't believe it. And the ones who are focused on the politics of seeming, can't look away from the dazzling bright lights long enough to tell whether or not those lights are illuminating anything worth seeing.

Your idea of being 'practical' has amounted to saying that
'the typical American is too stupid to understand ideas of liberty and the constitution.'
I'm tired of hearing it. You failed. You failed, because the notion (a favorite comment of people like Bill Maher, btw) is itself a deeply stupid thing to say. While it may be true that the majority of the American people do not understand the meaning of Liberty and the Constitution, it isn't because they cannot understand them, but because elitist pieces of poop (valid editorial statement) such as yourselves, who supposedly do understand them, haven't been doing what it is your responsibility to be doing, which is to help to spread, communicate and teach their meaning!

You say people just don't understand John Locke anymore, people just don't understand how the government is eating away their liberties, they're just too comfortable. You know what? They didn't understand them either when Sam Adams first began alerting and informing people about them back in the early 1760's. You know what? Because he, and others started informing their fellows, We The People came to understand the nature of the problem they faced, and understood the importance of the concepts involved. You know why? Because they were, and are, intelligent people who had been under and misinformed.

That is all.

Speaking of Witch
Laura Ingraham recently said about the latest debt deal:
"Some conservatives may not be satisfied, but then again, no one is. This is simply a step in the right direction."
Dear Laura: Just as I reject the notion that 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend', I also reject the notion that 'The Bill which the Left says is bad, is one I should consider to be Good'. You know why? Because it's a Stupid proposition!

I suggest that Laura, O'Reilly and others like them, are so focused on moving from left to right, that they've forgotten about taking into account the whether or not they are moving forwards or backwards at the same time. Taking a step towards the right, while moving backwards, is not progress. Sorry, it's just not.

Ingraham might have been at least partially correct if this political agreement reflected a political solution for the real situation. It doesn't. At best the political agreement has roots which go no deeper than the politics of popular opinion. The real problem is that this politics of public opinion goes no deeper into the reality of the situation than the uninformed opinion of the person on the street who gets a laugh line on Leno for identifying Washington D.C. as a type of electric current.

The govt has defined functions (see Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1 through Clause 18) which make up a small portion of our monthly budget, and many, many programs which are not covered by that. We have put ourselves on the hook for 50 or so billion dollars a month which the Left AND the Right have managed to convince themselves it is ok to borrow against in order to pay. On top of that, if for some reason, fiscal responsibility or some other such madness, we choose not to borrow more for what we cannot afford, that same public opinion insists that we cut not the extraneous programs, but those that are vital to the functions of government.
And pardon me if I seem extremist, but in a time of war - Three Wars! - even considering cutting defense by half a trillion dollars, is INSANE! Agreeing to the possibility of that, in order to seem reasonable, is unreasonable insanity!

The Politics of Seeming
Might this have been the best that could be hoped for? No, I don't think so. But let's say it was, the Republicans, if they had to go along with something similar, should have done so in such a way as to clearly define the issues involved, should have clearly pointed out that this practice of spending more than we have is, as Vladimir Putin said, parasitism. They could have, and should have, identified and won the moral argument, even as they lost the political one.

That is what people such as myself expected of those we sent to Washington D.C. in the last election. That is not what we got. Instead we got politicians who went along with the charade of this budget having 'Cut'  trillions of dollars, which is simply obfuscation and lies. Reducing the excessive amount you propose to spend over your income, to a slightly less excessive amount over your income, and which results in spending more than you did the previous year, is not a cut. Only spending less than you are spending now, is a cut! But by going along with the democrat's political narrative, the republicans legitimized that view where spending more is made to seem to be spending less, which enables those who are recklessly spending money they don't have to seem responsible, and makes those making an effort, however lame, to block such 'cuts' to seem to be extremists, or as Joe Biden and his fellow dim dem's put it, like 'terrorists'.

That is the politics of seeming, and it is madness. How dare you 'practical' people contribute to convincing the public that this is a legitimate proposal. Shame on you.

Bill Hennessy summed up the crux of the problem the other day,
"Our present crisis is the result of:

*Too much borrowing
 *Too much spending
 *Too much government control
 *Too much taxing

 Those who argue that America needs to borrow, spend, regulate, and tax more are simply wrong, wrong, wrong. Their argument is absurd on its face..."
Any supposed solution which does not address any of those issues, is not a practical prescription for anything other than self administered poison. Do we really have to say this again? Read the bill! It doesn't address any of these issues - it engages in phony-baloney semantics, gimmicks and potentially disastrous contingencies, all of which amounts to planning to add additional trillions of dollars of expenses over its term, and through more word games and lies of omission, adds even more taxes and opens the door to more regulations to boot.

Peter Schiff notes,
"The Congressional Budget Office currently projects that $9.5 trillion in new debt will have to be issued over the next 10 years. Even if all of the reductions proposed in the deal were to come to pass, which is highly unlikely, that would still leave $7.1 trillion in new debt accumulation by 2021. Our problems have not been solved by a long shot.
Moodys', S&P, and all the rest, are not going to be able to find any way of avoiding downgrading our credit rating any longer - it is coming. As is the Piper.

And he is going to be paid.

Those of you who are congratulating yourselves on either putting another one over on the American people, or who have convinced themselves that the politics of seeming is actually something of substance, are in for a very rude awakening.

The UK Daily Mail maybe puts it best:
"Debt surges to reach 100% of GDP as U.S. stock market barely avoids worst losing run since Jimmy Carter was president"
Yes, I know you want to get 'the right people' elected, well, I've got news for you, 'the right people' just went along with a bill that plays to public opinion, but accomplishes nothing worthwhile and a great deal that is positively harmful. No, the current bill did not accomplish anything worthwhile, changing our plans to leap from the 10th floor of a building, for plans to leap from the 6th floor of a building is not an accomplishment, and any viewpoint which suggests it is, I suggest to you is not a view that's worth pointing at.

Changing our plans to no longer considering leaping from the building, now that would be an accomplishment.

Something else. Winning over people on our side alone, is a losing strategy, attempting only to win others over to our side, is a losing strategy, or at best it's one that leads to real conflict - which is a losing strategy. There will always be two or more points of view on what is proper govt policy; John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison - they had four very different (yes, four) points of view, but they were united in their principles.

Forget about winning people over to 'our side', try winning them over to understanding what is actually at stake, try winning them over to seeing things as they actually are, rather than how others would like them to seem to be. That is what we need. We will always disagree over how to handle a situation, but as long as we are arguing over the actual situation, rather than someones opinion of how it seems to be, then we can make progress. Then, no matter which 'side' wins, we will be progressing, rather than regressing.

We must focus on getting both sides to understand the actual principles involved and what is actually at stake. Nothing less will allow us to succeed. Nothing less will enable a 'win' to also be successful.

The only, practical, winning strategy, is to make the principles of freedom known and understood once again. Left and Right, must see that their well intentioned notions are counterproductive, at best.

Both the left and the right say, and probably believe, that they are for freedom and liberty. It is not effective to tell them that they are wrong, and it doesn't improve your effectiveness any at all to say it while smiling with a Green Energy product in your hand, we've got to get We The People to look at the concepts for themselves so that they can understand and convince themselves and see what is right and what is not.

Anything less, is ridiculously impractical. Do you really think liberty and freedom can be achieved without understanding them? If you do, then you don't understand them!

I gave a start in a recent post "Liberty - It all hangs together, or we all hang separately", and I'll continue adding to that, instead of less practical matters such as appealing to a 'broader audience', because if we don't manage to relearn and care about the fundamentals, nothing else can possibly work.

If you're not practical enough to realize that... you're even dumber than you seem to be.